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Mason Road Chenin Blanc

CHENIN BLANC

The very first of the wines to leave the cellar for Brookdale Estate was the Mason Road Chenin Blanc. The vines were the oldest that could be salvaged on the estate’s land when it was acquired by Tim Rudd. A true Cinderella story, Chenin Blanc is now set to be one of our most celebrated varietals being produced by Brookdale in a variety of styles using different techniques.

Winemaker, Kiara Scott, is young, full of energy, and brings with her a new world order for the creation of Chenin Blancs. We love her ‘breaking boundaries’ approach to winemaking, echoed in Tim’s vision ‘to do something different at Brookdale’. Unlike the Brookdale Estate Chenin Blanc, the Mason Road Chenin is from younger vineyards and lightly oaked with only 20% in old French oak. It presents revitalising freshness alongside full fruit flavours as a result of the warm climate and cool mountain breeze.

The Mason Road Chenin Blanc has racy acidity and a pithy finish, a wine as nonconformist as its maker.

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Mason Road Chenin Blanc wine bottle with poured glass
Brookdale Estate just after sunset with Paarl mountain views and vineyards

THOUGHTS & REFLECTIONS

What people are saying

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The nose shows a herbal top note before pear, peach, citrus and guava, while the palate has good fruit concentration ... Great quality relative to price.

Christian Eedes
WINE JOURNALIST, 2020

Lovely tropical nose with hints of nectarine and gooseberry on the palate, guava on the finish. Great with chicken, fish, salads or on its own.

Kate Stalker
CUSTOMER, 2021

Kiara Scott is a name to watch out for! … Beautiful taut acidity. Good texture and mouthfeel. It’s just perfectly balanced.

Lisa Harlow
CUSTOMER, 2021

TASTING NOTES

This wine is pale straw in colour and the nose displays notes of peach, pear and citrus
aromas. The palate is well integrated with good fruit concentration. A vibrant acidity
is balanced by a well-rounded, creamy texture and a lingering aftertaste.

WINEMAKING

Pre-cooled fruit is lightly destemmed and crushed before being lightly pressed.
Majority free-run juice is used that is settled overnight. Spontaneous fermentation
with wild yeasts occurred naturally in a combination of stainless-steel tank (85%) and
(20%) old French oak barrels. The barrels are racked and blended with the tank
fermented portion. The final blend comprises 4-6 months of ageing on the lees
followed by light filtration before bottling.

technical analysis

ALCOHOL 13% Vol
TOTAL ACIDITY 6 g/l
pH 3,4
RESIDUAL SUGAR 1,7 g/l

 

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